No update on Noteflix’s production of “Troubles in the Garden”, due to our sympathy for the Writer’s Strike. However, the good news is: The writers aren’t the only ones who have a difficult time of it. Look at what some artist saw when he looked out at the night sky – and he was not even on strike. It goes to show when times are bad, they could be worse for others – but that is of little consolation. Isn’t it?


*A Study in waiting


  • Alert! I read there are more germs on the menu, then there are on the toilet seats.  I mean the germs are not offered on the menu; but they are actually on the menu. So what do you do with this information? Not go to restaurants that have menus? Examine the toilet seats before you look at the menu? Call in to find out what is on the menu, other than germs? It is getting tough out there.
  • For some reason I looked up the history of the expression “He is not one to suffer fools gladly” and to my surprise I found it originates from St. Paul and his letter to the Corithians (2 Corinthians 11:19.) Apparently, St. Paul was being sarcastic, and more apparently, this saying has been misunderstood by many Realamericans  of today who believe they should actually be suffering fools gladly. I know this might be treading where Angels fear to tread; but alas, I am no Angel.
  • This week I read Excorcisms have gone up dramatically in the past year.  Questions need be asked: 1) Is this true? Or are we just getting more information,  what with social media and all? 2) If true, does it seem to be doing any good in the big picture? 3) Is there a Netflix episode series here  – if the Writer’s strike ever ends? 4) should an exorcist do the negotiations for the Writer’s strike?
  • Data reveals there are almost as many Wiccans in the U.S. (over 800,000 – and growing) as there are Presbyterians (1,100,000 -and declining). I cannot find which political party the Wiccans subscribe to, or how many there are in Congress.
  • I wasted some of my time this week reading an article which postulated that if you tie your tie too tightly you could restrict the blood flow to your brain and grow temporarily stupid, or worse, depending on how tightly you tied it. I wonder if they can do a study to see if red ties  or blue ties have been tied too tightly more than the other…especially in the halls of Congress. There I tread again.


This is where we usually post MATHUZALA’s (our Resident Rodent’s) trenchant column – but he has gone missing now, these many weeks. On the one hand, we fear for his safety, on the other hand, he has told us he was on a mission to change ‘things’ – and ‘things’ have been changing  – so maybe it is going well for him. Were you to want to know what ‘things’ MATHUZALA is about to change, go buy and read “THE RAT PAPERS” (Amazon or Barnes & Noble) and prepare yourself.



  • “Be careful out there.”  -Hill Street Blues
  • “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” -A phrase for wasting time – debating topics of no practical value, or on questions whose answers hold no intellectual consequence, while more urgent concerns accumulate.
  • “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.” -Proverbs of Erasmus, 1539

That’s it for this week…and a fond “Hello” to Rocketman Jim, wherever you are…

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